UPDATE: Leader of Heroin Ring in Huntington Headed to Prison

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 10/7/14 @ 1:40 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two Detroit man have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a large-scale heroin distribution ring in Huntington.

Christopher Lamarr-Shawn Harris, also known as “C” and “Caesar,” 28, was sentenced to 12 years and three months after he pleaded guilty in July to conspiring to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin.

Denzell Lamar Bunkley, also known as “Chotty” and “King,” 22, was sentenced to three years and one month in prison after he pleaded guilty in July to possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Both men were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Huntington.

Federal prosecutors say that Harris led a conspiracy with Bunkley and others, including Steven Edward Lewis, Jakaiser Wesley Jackson, and Brandon S. Keaton, to distribute heroin, primarily in west Huntington.

Harris recruited co-conspirators and frequently arranged for the transportation of heroin from Detroit to Huntington. Harris used multiple locations to store, prepare and distribute heroin, including a motel on Route 60 in Huntington and an apartment in the 1400 block of Jefferson Avenue.

In addition to Bunkley, Jackson, and Keaton, Harris also recruited local residents to assist with drug distribution.

On December 31, 2013, officers with the Huntington Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit raided a Jefferson Avenue apartment where they seized approximately 413 grams of heroin and $12,349 in cash during the search. Officers also arrested Harris, Bunkley, and Lewis inside the apartment.

Harris was again arrested on February 20, by the Ohio State Highway Patrol while traveling from Huntington to Detroit. During his arrest, troopers seized $24,930 in cash from Harris.

Harris was arrested for a third time on April 2, after officers received information that he was distributing heroin at a motel in Huntington distributing heroin. Officers searched two rooms at the motel and seized approximately 192 grams of heroin along with $3,000 in cash. Harris, along with Jackson, had arranged to transport the heroin from Detroit to Huntington days prior to the search.

During Monday’s hearing, the Court found Harris responsible for arranging the distribution more than one kilogram of heroin, primarily in West Huntington, during the conspiracy.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/18/14
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Detroit man who led a conspiracy with other people to distribute heroin in Huntington in 2013 and 2014 pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a federal drug charge, according to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Christopher Lamarr-Shawn Harris, also known as “C” and “Caesar,” 27, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers to conspiring to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin.

From at least the summer of 2013 to April 2, 2014, Harris led a conspiracy along with others, including Denzell Lamar Bunkley, Jakaiser Wesley Jackson, and Brandon S. Keaton, to distribute heroin, primarily in West Huntington.

Harris recruited co-conspirators and frequently arranged for the transportation of heroin from Detroit to Huntington. Harris used multiple locations to store, prepare and distribute heroin, including the Red Roof Inn Hotel located along U.S. 60 in Huntington and an apartment located at 1416 Jefferson Avenue in West Huntington.

In addition to Bunkley, Jackson, and Keaton, Harris also recruited local residents to assist with drug distribution.

On Dec. 31, 2013, officers with the Huntington Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant at the Jefferson Avenue apartment. Officers seized about 413 grams of heroin and $12,349 in cash during the search. Officers also arrested Harris, Bunkley, and another individual who were located inside the apartment.

Harris was again arrested on Feb. 20, 2014, in Ohio by the Ohio State Highway Patrol while traveling from Huntington to Detroit. During his arrest, officers seized a total of $24,930 in cash from Harris.
Harris was arrested for a third time on April 2, 2014, after officers received information that he was again present at the Red Roof Inn in Huntington distributing heroin. Officers executed a search warrant for two rooms at the hotel and seized approximately 192 grams of heroin along with $3,000 in cash. Harris, along with Jackson, had arranged for the transportation from Detroit of the heroin seized in the days prior to the search.

As part of his guilty plea, Harris admitted to arranging for the distribution of more than one kilogram of heroin, primarily in West Huntington, during the conspiracy. Harris also admitted to serving as a manager and organizer of the conspiracy and maintaining a residence for the purpose of distributing heroin.

Keaton, of Huntington, previously pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy. Bunkley and Jackson, both of Detroit, also entered guilty pleas today.

Harris faces 10 years to life in federal prison when he is sentenced Oct. 6, 2014.


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